Bike Ride to Barton Springs - Atlas Obscura

Austin, Texas

Bike Ride to Barton Springs

Explore Austin's hidden wonders and natural gems by bike!

This SXSW, explore Austin's waterfront with GORE-TEX Brands, two local nature conservancies, and Barton Springs Bike Rental.

First, you'll grab a bike and gear. In addition to free bicycle rentals, cyclists will be able to test GORE-TEX INFINIUMTM Stretch Gloves and jackets with GORE-TEX SHAKEDRY® product technology (weather permitting) on this ride. Samples will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis, as sizes permit.

We'll begin with a brief stop at Ai Weiwei's Forever Bicycles sculpture, an installation presented by Waller Creek Conservancy and The Contemporary Austin, as we discuss the intersection of art and nature. Then, we'll cruise around the lake on our way to Barton Springs accompanied by The Trail Foundation, with stops to see iconic Austin sites and discover natural wonders along the way.

This excursion is part of In the Element, a two-day activation presented by Atlas Obscura & GORE-TEX Brands at the Waller Creek Boathouse on Lady Bird Lake.

About Waller Creek Conservancy

Waller Creek Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to create and maintain a chain of extraordinary urban parks around a restored Waller Creek, in partnership with the City of Austin, for the benefit of all. The Conservancy renews the natural environment, promotes play, health and wellness, economic vitality, and mobility, and engages the community through outreach, education, cultural events, and the arts.


  • Bicycles will be provided!
  • Testing of GORE-TEX Brand Products available on a first come, first serve basis as sizes permit.
  • As an extension of In the Element, this event is strictly 21+; I.D. required.
  • Limited capacity; priority given to SXSW badge holders.
  • Advance RSVP is highly recommended.


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